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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Jan 31, 2007 11:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wharf Rat wins 'best thread' honors

just thought Id add here, since its a newer thread, a bit of my interpretation....

anyway but yeah in addition to whats been already said, Ive always thought these were key lines to the story of the narrator:

"I said to him:
I'm sure she's been
I said to him:
I'm sure she's been true to you"

the repetition of the line "I said to him" and the way Jerry sings it, almost give me the impression that the narrator has mixed feelings over telling August that Pearly has been true to him, its almost regretful. I think the narrator feels like he doesnt want to break the hope of this man and lies to him (about Pearly being true)

"I got a girl
named Bonny Lee
I know that girl's been true to me
I know she's been
I'm sure she's been
true to me "

these lines seem to be the narrator reflecting after his encounter with August. Although I cant really tell if hes saying this in happiness because he has a good life and knows his girl is true, or because hes also naive drunkard like August...